Meet the Wills, Trusts & Estates Team with Ed Liddell
What is your role in the team and how long have you been at Sintons?
I am a solicitor within the team and I have been with Sintons for around eleven months.
Tell us about your career to date…
I didn’t originally study law at university and graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Leicester in 2006. After a varied career within the wine trade, I went back to university with a view to obtaining the additional post graduate certificates required to become a solicitor in 2015. I finally qualified as a solicitor in September 2019 having trained with a firm in Leicester before later joining another in the same city.
What attracted you to join Sintons?
I am originally from the North East and most of my family are still here. The Covid pandemic made me realise that I wanted to be closer to my family, the coast and the incredible city of Newcastle. After that, it was a question of where to work.
Sintons was a clear leader from the start as a Newcastle based firm with a national (and beyond) outlook with an amazing reputation for both client service and legal expertise. I was delighted that I was successful in joining the firm.
What does your role involve?
I deal with a varied case load within the department. This can be anything from drafting wills and trusts to administering estates. I also assist the senior members of the team on some of their files.
I see the most important part of my role as being a support to clients and helping them through some of life’s most difficult moments.
What have been your personal highlights to date?
I have recently been admitted as a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”) after two years of studying and exams in addition to all those I had done just to become a solicitor.
STEP is a global professional body of diverse members from lawyers to wealth planners to accountants who help families plan for the future. It is an achievement that I am very proud of and am equally proud to say that I work alongside four other full members in the team; Paul Nickalls, Paul Collingwood, Katie Gosling and Lauren Coad.
The award-winning Wills, Trusts & Estates team is one of the most highly-rated in the North of England. What are the advantages of being part of it?
We have a great working dynamic within the team. Everyone is ready and willing to offer their particular expertise and experience to each other regardless of role or title. This means that the clients aren’t just benefiting from the knowledge of the person they see or speak to, but from the entire team.
This ethos allows us to offer the highest standards of work to our clients regardless of the complexity of their requirements.
How does Sintons differ from other firms you have worked in?
The sheer breadth of different areas of practice that the firm offers really sets Sintons apart for me. The departments enjoy a great reputation which is consistently reinforced by national guides such as Legal 500 and Chambers UK.
One thing that has struck me about Sintons is the Trainee Challenge. Every year the trainees and apprentices are tasked with planning a fundraising challenge for the firm’s current charity (at the moment this is the People’s Kitchen, which helps to support some of the most vulnerable members of society in Newcastle). Last year, they paddled 58km down the Bann river in Northern Ireland, and this year they will be completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks. I wish I had had the same opportunities as a trainee!
What are your interests outside of work?
While my own sporting days are sadly behind me, I love watching our local teams, mostly Newcastle United, but I also enjoy going to watch the Falcons play. I enjoy heading to the coast and experiencing the natural beauty of Northumberland. We really do live in a beautiful part of the world.